Bp. Nicholas and the Vision for Antiochian Men (AMEN) [VIDEO]

Antiochian Men (AMEN), the new men’s group formed by Bp. Nicholas is off to a strong start. Recently Bp. Nicholas offered a short interview explaining his vision for AMEN. Click to view the video.

 
 

Reminder: St. John Maximovitch Liturgy on Tuesday July 2 at 9:30am

St. John Maximovitch

On Tuesday, July 2 at 9:30am we will celebrate the Liturgy commemorating St. John of San Francisco (Maximovitch). Why? Because St. John has quietly worked miracles for some of the families in our parish. God is glorified through His Saints.

St. Peter Newsletter June 25, 2019

The Synaxis (“Gathering”) of the Twelve Apostles

Martyr Peter of Sinope; New-martyr Michael the Gardener of Athens

Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles

Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles

The holy God-crowned Emperor Constantine the Great (May 21) built a church in Constantinople in honor of the Twelve Apostles. It was second only to Hagia Sophia among the great churches of Constantinople. Most Emperors and many patriarchs and bishops were buried in the church and their relics were venerated by the faithful for centuries.

The historian Nicetas Choniates records that the Crusaders plundered the imperial tombs and robbed them of gold and gems. Not even Justinian’s tomb was spared. The tomb of Emperor Heraclius was opened and his golden crown was stolen along with the late Emperor’s hairs still attached on it. Some of these treasures were taken to Venice, where they can still be seen in St Mark’s Basilica.

When Michael VIII Palaeologus recaptured the city from the Crusaders, he erected a statue of the Archangel Michael at the church to commemorate the event, and himself. In 1461, following the fall of Constantinople to Mehmed, it was taken over by the Ottomans and demolished to make way for the Fatih Mosque, which still occupies the site and houses Mehmed’s tomb.

How Were the Apostles Martyred?

St. Peter was crucified upside down.
St. Andrew was crucified on an X-shaped cross.
St. James, the son of Zebedee was beheaded.
St. John the Theologian died in a miraculous manner.
St. Philip was crucified.
St. Bartholomew was crucified, scraped and beheaded.
St. Thomas was pierced with five spears.
St. Matthew the Evangelist was burned alive.
St. James, the son of Alphaeus was crucified.
St. Thaddeus or Jude, the Brother of James was crucified.
St. Simon the Zealot was crucified.
St. Matthias was stoned and then was beheaded after death.
St. Paul was beheaded.

Read more on the Mystagogy website.

Bishop Nicholas Attending Sts. Peter and Paul Feast Day Liturgy on Friday, June 28, 2019

Sts. Peter and Paul

Sts. Peter and Paul

As is our custom, we get together with St. Paul Orthodox Church to celebrate our Feast Day of Sts. Peter and Paul. This year St. Peter’s will host.

Bishop Nicholas will be attending this important day. I encourage everyone to make every effort to attend. It is important to welcome our Bishop, our Brothers and Sisters in Christ from St. Paul’s, to honor the Great Apostles Peter and Paul, and most important to worship Christ in the Divine Liturgy. When we worship, we invite God to enter our lives.

Orthros begins at 6:00pm and Divine Liturgy at 7:00pm. The minimum preparation should be a light lunch and no food following until after the Divine Liturgy.

Refreshments will be served following the Liturgy.

Liturgies for St. John of San Francisco (Maximovitch), and St. Paisios of Athos

On Tuesday, July 2 at 9:30am we will celebrate the Liturgy commemorating St. John of San Francisco (Maximovitch). Why? Because St. John has quietly worked miracles for some of the families in our parish. God is glorified through His Saints.

St. Paisios

On Friday, July 12 at 9:30am we will celebrate the Liturgy commemorating St. Paisios of Athos. Why? Because St. Paisios has also worked miracles for some of the families in our parish. God is glorified through His Saints.

Please note these are morning Liturgies starting at 9:30am.

 

Pledge Report – June 2019

Pledge report June 20, 2019

In order to meet our operating Budget goal for 2019 we need to take in $16,777.00 each month.

We are $4,400.00 short of our goal for May.

Please pledge in order to meet our goal. Pledge forms are available on the table in the narthex.

 

Icons Available in the Social Hall

St. Peter’s has a large selection of Icons available for sale and donation. They come in various sizes — mini, small, medium and large.

The Icons are generously donated by Theo Palis and therefore all proceeds go directly to St. Peter’s.

If there is a specific icon you are looking for and we don’t have it, Theo might be able to make it for you.

 

Bible Studies

Bible Study

Bible Studies have been cancelled for the summer. We will resume in September.

 

Calendar At A Glance

JUNE

  • Monday-Saturday, June 24-29 — St. Peter and Paul Fasting Period
  • Thursday, Jun 27 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Friday, June 28 — St. Peter and Paul Feast Day. Orthros at 6:00pm. Divine Liturgy at 7:00pm

JULY

  • Tuesday, Jul 2 — Divine Liturgy St. John of San Francisco at 9:30am
  • Thursday Jul 4 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Thursday Jul 11 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Friday, Jul 12 — Divine Liturgy of St. Paisios of Athos at 9:30am
  • Thursday Jul 18 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Monday-Saturday, July 22-26 — Fr. Hans Out of Town Attending Antiochian Convention
  • Thursday Jul 25 — CANCELLED St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm (Fr. Hans out of town

AUGUST

  • Thursday Aug 1 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
 

Wisdom From The Elders

The peace and plenteousness of life in the heart after communion is the greatest, the most inestimable gift of our Lord Jesus Christ, surpassing all the gifts relating to the body which are received at the same time. Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt

Downfalls humble a person, and without humility one can receive no (spiritual) gifts. The Lord grants grace to the humble…for He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden (Luke 1:48). Abbot Nikon Vorobiev

For instance, sometimes the Good God, in His infinite love and in order to provide the husband with practice in humility and patience, removes His Grace from the wife, and she becomes cranky, treating her husband badly. This is when the husband ought to thank God and gladly welcome the opportunity he is given to practice virtue and not complain. Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

It is well to place candles before the icons. But it is still better if you bring as a sacrifice to God the fire of your love for Him and your neighbour. It is well that the one should be accompanied by the other. Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt

The healing and purification of the organs of human knowledge are brought about by the common action of God and man — by the grace of God and the will of man. On the long path of purification and healing, knowledge itself becomes purer and healthier. Venerable Justin of Chelije in Serbia

 

Remember in Your Prayers

Phillip
Mary
Jonathan
Alaina
Connie
Baby Luke
George
Priest Kyprianos
Presvytera Charlotte
Savannah (Jonson)
Bud
Silvana
Nicole
Evan
Megan
Bill R.
Pat R.
Aglaia
George
Hieromonk Serapion
Priest Kyprianos
Presvytera Charlotte
Bryan, Carolina, their unborn baby
Athanasia
Alexandra
Constantina
Maryanne (E)
Ron (E)
Tim
Robert (J)
Mary (J)
Patricia
Gregory
Doug Spencer
Kathy Spencer
Andreas
Sofia Tešanovic
Paul
Dennis H. and Family
Victor Evan
Ann
James
Vasiliki
Efstratia
Alexandra
Nikos
Georgia
Ioannis
Costandino
Jeffrey
Vaso
Dave
Dimitri – Presbyter
Vassiliki
Octavio
Tom
Carl
Rena
Nikolay (5 year old boy in Bulgaria whose parents asked us to pray)
David
Rosie
Kathryn
Jeremy
Constantine
Robert
Jane
Theodora
David
Gina
Micheal
Haralambos
Lillian
Presbytera Rosy
Valentina
Eva W.
Barbara
Angela
Carol Ann
Matthew
Chrysostom
Tim
Pat
Christina
Maria Louise
Maximos
Marian
Photini
Nicholas
Sarah
Constantine Houpis
Anna Marie Smith Baker
Katerina
Mary Kassis
Baby Maximus
Christine
Maria
Annette Star
Claire Livaditis
Eva Chandilles
Baby Dani
Scott Nedoff
James Hord
Tom

How should we pray for the sick? Remember them daily. Say their names (first names are sufficient) and ask God to bestow mercy and grace on them.

Add or remove names and print this list for easy reference during your prayer time on the St. Peter website.

 

Sunday Readings

Christ Giving Blessing

Epistle

Synaxis of the Apostles

Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth.
The heavens show forth the glory of God.

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (4:9-16)

Brethren, I think that God has exhibited us Apostles as last of all, like men sentenced todeath; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools forChrist’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor,but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted andhomeless, and we labor, working with our own hands.

When reviled, we bless; when persecuted,we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the scourge of all things. I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. Though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers.I became your father in Christ Jesus through the Gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me.

Gospel

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (9:36-10:8)

At that time, when Jesus saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they wereharassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His Disciples, “The harvestis plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborersinto his harvest.” And He called to Him His twelve Disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity.

The names of the twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him. These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And preach as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay.”

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Attention Antiochian Men of the Miami Diocese! — New Group for Men Formed! — Read All About It!

Dear Brothers in Christ,

Christ is in our midst! He is and ever shall be!

We are excited to announce that our newly formed Antiochian Men Organization now has Diocese of Miami and the Southeast (DOMSE) Officers who were appointed by His Grace Bishop NICHOLAS at the Parish Life Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina last week! Our AMEN DOMSE Board includes:

Antiochian Diocese of Miami and the South East

Michael Baclig – President
St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Springdale, AR

Randy Werre – Vice President
St. Andrew the Apostle Antiochian Orthodox Church, Pensacola, FL

Bryce Kirk – Secretary/Social Media Director
St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Springdale, AR

Elias AbuGhazaleh – Acting Treasurer
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Orlando, FL

Fr. Hans Jacobse – Spiritual Advisor
St. Peter the Apostle Antiochian Orthodox Mission, Bonita Springs, FL

Many of you have already joined us on the GroupMe app but if you haven’t had a chance yet, please join us! We have already had over 30 men join us in GroupMe in less than 3 days and it is such a blessing to be able to connect with other Orthodox men from all across the 40 churches in our Diocese. When you join, please upload a picture of yourself for the avatar in your profile as this will help others put faces to names! Also, once you join in GroupMe, you are encouraged to send direct messages to individual members to get to know each other better. We have big and exciting plans using this app including creating sub-groups for specific discussion topics in the future, so stay tuned!

We need your help to forward this e-mail and the GroupMe information to any and all men in your parishes and neighboring parishes, please help spread the word so we can build awareness! If someone forwarded this e-mail to you, please reply with your contact information so we can get you added to all future AMEN e-mail blasts and other communications!

I have included an instruction sheet below to help everyone with a step by step guide of how to download the free GroupMe app and to join. While this is specific to the iPhone/Apple iOS, the Android version is very similar and this should be helpful in either case. You can also click this link: https://groupme.com/join_group/51105258/PWYxBb7H

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GroupMe
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The men from St. Nicholas Church in Springdale, AR created a brief video with a Happy Father’s Day message to all men in our Diocese. This was sent yesterday, but not everyone received it, so I am including the link to the video again. If you haven’t already, we invite you to watch the video and to then subscribe to our YouTube Channel. We have big plans for our YouTube Channel as well and will be sharing more on this soon! The link to the video is: https://youtu.be/VNriX3mZGLo or click the picture below.

click to view video
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Why was AMEN formed?

  • There is a need to organize the 50% or so of our Diocese, made up of men.
  • Some parishes have already organized an AMEN group, others are still in the process, and others have not started one yet.
  • Many of our men do not have father figures, and many fail because they do not have someone to talk to or a mentor to show them the way.
  • This is our job, the job of spiritual fathers, and the job of older men to younger men.
  • An average of 6 out of 10 teens who go to college do not come back to the Church, and we need to reduce this!
  • We must fill the void that is currently missing in the Church.
  • Female teens go from SOYO to YAM to Antiochian Woman.
  • Male teens have been going from SOYO to YAM to…nothing.

Vision for AMEN

  • The #1 goal of AMEN is to help each other become like God.
  • Becoming like God is the goal of every Orthodox Christian.
  • We need to model our lives after the Holy Trinity.
  • Another goal of AMEN is to serve the church.
  • When we serve the church, we serve in becoming like God.
  • AMEN must have spiritual events such as virtual and in-person retreats.
  • Fundraising events and social events may also be organized, however, these are not primary goals of AMEN.
  • The growth in Christ is equal to increase in self-knowledge.
  • Men find fulfillment in building and creating.
  • Many young adults enter our church all the time and young adults always look up to role models, we are to be those role models!
  • AMEN is congruent with the structure of creation, the structure of the will of God, becoming like God.

Structure of AMEN

  • The structure of AMEN is not a bureaucracy.
  • The goal is to create an AMEN chapter in every parish with leadership.
  • Every parish/person has different needs and AMEN will address those specific needs in each church.
  • While AMEN will have some similarities to how the Antiochian Women are organized, it will be a completely different kind of organization.
  • We don’t want to void out the Antiochian Women and all they have accomplished and continue to accomplish.
  • We want to compliment the Antiochian Women with the creation of AMEN and both organizations will have their own unique roles in the Church.
St. Peter Orthodox Church

There is much more to come and we will keep everyone updated with regular e-mail newsletters and with announcements in GroupMe. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me directly. My phone number is 479-372-7097. I look forward to collaborating with all AMEN parish chapters on this important and much needed ministry!

In Christ,

Michael Baclig
President, DOMSE Antiochian Men

St. Peter Newsletter June 18, 2019

First Sunday after Pentecost

All Saints Sunday

Synaxis of All Saints

Synaxis of All Saints

The first Sunday after the Feast of Holy Pentecost is observed by the Orthodox Church as the Sunday of All Saints. This day has been designated as a commemoration of all of the Saints, all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives

Background

Honoring the friends of God with much reverence, the Prophet-King David says, “But to me, exceedingly honorable are Thy friends, O Lord” (Ps. 138:16). And the Apostle Paul, recounting the achievements of the Saints, and setting forth their memorial as an example that we might turn away from earthly things and from sin, and emulate their patience and courage in the struggles for virtue, says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every burden, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1).

This commemoration began as the Sunday (Synaxis) of All Martyrs; to them were added all the ranks of Saints who bore witness (the meaning of “Martyr” in Greek) to Christ in manifold ways, even if occasion did not require the shedding of their blood.

Therefore, guided by the teaching of the Divine Scriptures and Apostolic Tradition, we honor all the Saints, the friends of God, for they are keepers of God’s commandments, shining examples of virtue, and benefactors of mankind. Of course, we honor the known Saints especially on their own day of the year, as is evident in the Menologion. But since many Saints are unknown, and their number has increased with time, and will continue to increase until the end of time, the Church has appointed that once a year a common commemoration be made of all the Saints. This is the feast that we celebrate today.

Read more on the Orthodox Church in America website.

Bishop Nicholas Attending Sts. Peter and Paul Feast Day Liturgy on Friday, June 28, 2019

Sts. Peter and Paul

Sts. Peter and Paul

As is our custom, we get together with St. Paul Orthodox Church to celebrate our Feast Day of Sts. Peter and Paul. This year St. Peter’s will host.

Bishop Nicholas will be attending this important day. I encourage everyone to make every effort to attend. It is important to welcome our Bishop, our Brothers and Sisters in Christ from St. Paul’s, to honor the Great Apostles Peter and Paul, and most important to worship Christ in the Divine Liturgy. When we worship, we invite God to enter our lives.

Orthros begins at 6:00pm and Divine Liturgy at 7:00pm. The minimum preparation should be a light lunch and no food following until after the Divine Liturgy.

Refreshments will be served following the Liturgy.

Thank you Tom and Marlene Haley and the Barbecue Crew!

Hats off to Tom and Marlene Haley and their entire barbecue crew for the Father’s Day Barbecue they gave us last Sunday on Father’s Day!

What a great time it was. The energy was high, the fellowship rich, the joy deep, and the food good. We are blessed!

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make last Sunday the success it turned out to be.

Liturgies for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, St. John of San Francisco (Maximovitch), and St. Paisios of Athos

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

On Monday, June 24 at 9:30am we will celebrate the Liturgy of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Why? Because we we worship God and honor the Saints we draw ourselves closer to God and thus draw heaven closer to us. Worshiping God attracts grace. When we hold these extra liturgies, God and His Saints are more active among us.

On Tuesday, July 2 at 9:30am we will celebrate the Liturgy commemorating St. John of San Francisco (Maximovitch). Why? Because St. John has quietly worked miracles for some of the families in our parish. God is glorified through His Saints.

On Friday, July 12 at 9:30am we will celebrate the Liturgy commemorating St. Paisios of Athos. Why? Because St. Paisios has also worked miracles for some of the families in our parish. God is glorified through His Saints.

Please note these are morning Liturgies starting at 9:30am.

 

Pledge Report – May 2019

In order to meet our operating Budget goal for 2019 we need to take in $16,666.00 each month.

Please pledge in order to meet our goal. Pledge forms are available on the table in the narthex.

 

Interfaith Charities Needs Our Help

Interfaith Charities Logo

Interfaith Charities, the local agency St. Peter’s partners with to help working poor families in our immediate area needs these items:

  • Rice
  • Lentils
  • Tuna
  • Mac and cheese
  • Soup
  • SpaghettiOs
  • Jelly
  • Used clothing
  • Used housewares

St. Peter’s is committed to helping the poor among us. If each family could bring some of these items to church this Sunday and the next, then we will get them to Interfaith Charities and the families who need them.

 

Icons Available in the Social Hall

St. Peter’s has a large selection of Icons available for sale and donation. They come in various sizes — mini, small, medium and large.

The Icons are generously donated by Theo Palis and therefore all proceeds go directly to St. Peter’s.

If there is a specific icon you are looking for and we don’t have it, Theo might be able to make it for you.

 

Bible Studies

Bible Study

Bible Studies resume on Wednesday, May 8.

Schedule:

  • Wednesday, June 19 — Men’s/Women’s Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 26 — Community Bible Study at 7:00pm
 

Calendar At A Glance

JUNE

  • Wednesday-Saturday, Jun 12-15 — Parish Life Conference in NC. (Fr. Hans out of town)
  • Wednesday, Jun 12 — CANCELED Community Bible Study at 7:00pm (Fr. Hans out of town)
  • Thursday, Jun 13 — CANCELED St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm (Fr. Hans out of town)
  • Sunday, Jun 16 — PENTECOST
  • Sunday, Jun 16 — Father’s Day Barbecue following Liturgy
  • Monday-Saturday, June 24-29 — St. Peter and Paul Fasting Period
  • Monday, Jun 24 — Divine Liturgy for Nativity of St. John the Baptist at 9:30am
  • Wednesday, Jun 26 — Men’s/Women’s Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, Jun 27 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Friday, June 28 — St. Peter and Paul Feast Day. Orthros at 6:00pm. Divine Liturgy at 7:00pm

JULY

  • Tuesday, Jul 2 — Divine Liturgy St. John of San Francisco at 9:30am
  • Wednesday, Jul 3 — Men’s/Women’s Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday Jul 4 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, Jul 10 — Community Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday Jul 11 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Friday, Jul 12 — Divine Liturgy of St. Paisios of Athos at 9:30am
  • Wednesday, Jul 17 — Men’s/Women’s Bible Study at 7:00pm
  • Thursday Jul 18 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
  • Monday-Saturday, July 22-26 — Fr. Hans Out of Town Attending Antiochian Convention
  • Wednesday, Jul 24 — CANCELLED Community Bible Study (Fr. Hans out of town)
  • Thursday Jul 25 — CANCELLED St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm (Fr. Hans out of town
  • Wednesday, Jul 31 — Men’s/Women’s Bible Study at 7:00pm

AUGUST

  • Thursday Aug 1 — St. Demetrios Brotherhood at 7:00pm
 

Wisdom From The Elders

Our life on earth is a perpetual struggle with our passions. As such, it is not understood by people of this world, who are given to serving their flesh and their earthly idols. Nonetheless, this inner struggle of a man with himself, with his moral deficiencies and weaknesses, with his evil thoughts, the passionate impulses of his soul, the wickedness of his heart, the lusts of his body, and the like — this struggle is every Christian’s duty. It is the law of a Christian’s life. A. Calmet

Let us renounce self-will and the tumult of passions, and entirely submit to the will of God. Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt

God’s saints are great merchants, who have enriched themselves with all spiritual treasures, with all virtues : meekness, humility, abstinence, patience, great faith, hope, and love. This is why we ask their holy prayers, as poor men of rich, that they may help us in our spiritual poverty; that they may teach us how to pray and to progress in all Christian virtues. Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt

It is necessary to repent for not sufficiently loving others and for not being sensitive enough to the misfortunes of others. Elder Sergei of Vanves

“But I say to you,” the Lord says, “love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who persecute you.” Why did he command these things? So that he might free you from hatred, sadness, anger and grudges, and might grant you the greatest possession of all, perfect love, which is impossible to possess except by the one who loves all equally in imitation of God. St. Maximus the Confessor

 

Remember in Your Prayers

Mary
Jonathan
Alaina
Connie
Baby Luke
George
Priest Kyprianos
Presvytera Charlotte
Savannah (Jonson)
Bud
Silvana
Nicole
Evan
Megan
Bill R.
Pat R.
Aglaia
George
Hieromonk Serapion
Priest Kyprianos
Presvytera Charlotte
Bryan, Carolina, their unborn baby
Athanasia
Alexandra
Constantina
Maryanne (E)
Ron (E)
Tim
Robert (J)
Mary (J)
Patricia
Gregory
Doug Spencer
Kathy Spencer
Andreas
Sofia Tešanovic
Paul
Dennis H. and Family
Victor Evan
Ann
James
Vasiliki
Efstratia
Alexandra
Nikos
Georgia
Ioannis
Costandino
Jeffrey
Vaso
Dave
Dimitri – Presbyter
Vassiliki
Octavio
Tom
Carl
Rena
Nikolay (5 year old boy in Bulgaria whose parents asked us to pray)
David
Rosie
Kathryn
Jeremy
Constantine
Robert
Jane
Theodora
David
Gina
Micheal
Haralambos
Lillian
Presbytera Rosy
Valentina
Eva W.
Barbara
Angela
Carol Ann
Matthew
Chrysostom
Tim
Pat
Christina
Maria Louise
Maximos
Marian
Photini
Nicholas
Sarah
Constantine Houpis
Anna Marie Smith Baker
Katerina
Mary Kassis
Baby Maximus
Christine
Maria
Annette Star
Claire Livaditis
Eva Chandilles
Baby Dani
Scott Nedoff
James Hord
Tom

How should we pray for the sick? Remember them daily. Say their names (first names are sufficient) and ask God to bestow mercy and grace on them.

Add or remove names and print this list for easy reference during your prayer time on the St. Peter website.

 

Sunday Readings

Christ Giving Blessing

Epistle

God is wonderful among His saints.
Bless God in the congregations.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (11:33-12:2)

Brethren, all the saints through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated — of whom the world was not worthy — wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Therefore,since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfection of our faith.

Gospel

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30)

The Lord said to His disciples, “Everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father Who is in heaven; but whoever denies Me before men, I also will deny before My Father Who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.”

Then Peter said in reply, “Lo, we have left everything and followed Thee. What then shall we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the New World, when the Son of Man shall sit on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My Name’s sake, will receive a hundred fold, and inherit eternal life. But many that are first will be last, and the last first.”

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